Since my grand-girl isn’t yet eating cookies or sugary things, I was looking for some kind of recipe we could use for her to roll dough. Crackers! That’s it! Sure enough, I found a recipe using old school method – I looked in one of my cookbooks! More-with-Less Cookbook, put out by the Mennonite Central Committee in 1976, which I got in 1980 according to my note inside. It’s full of recipes from all over the world, and some basic ones, like crackers.
Soda Crackers (with my variations)
Makes about 1/2 lb
375°f oven, 10-12 minutes
Combine in a bowl:
2 cups flour (I used regular white)
1 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
cut in – 2 T cold margarine (I used butter)
Stir in 2/3 Cup sour milk or buttermilk (I used buttermilk, available dried in the baking section of most grocery stores. However, I think one can substitute plain yogurt for this, or a nut milk) I added a dash of worcestershire sauce to the liquid. I think some hot sauce would be nice, if one likes spicy.
I added a cup of grated cheddar cheese, too.
Round dough into a ball and knead a few strokes. (I used my food processor for all of the above, gently and not over-doing it, I hope)
Divide dough into several pieces and roll out very thin on a floured board. (I’m not sure I rolled it thin enough but was unsure of what I was doing. Next time, I won’t be so afraid and will roll it thinner.)
Lay sheets on un-greased flat baking pan. Sprinkle with alt and prick with a fork.
Cut into 1 1/2″ pieces using a sharp knife or pizza cutter. (I wasn’t so precise with squares.)
Bake 10 – 12 minutes, or until lightly browned.
These puffed up! I liked the crispy edge ones, but my honey liked the middle pieces which were soft in the middle (not thin enough!) I was pleased with the results and think this will be a good recipe to make with the grand.
Try it and let me know what you think. It’s so basic and lends itself to personal touches.